I had been dying for an over-the-top dessert, and with Valentine's Day looming near, I couldn't resist making a pretty Cherry Cheesecake with a Chocolate Wafer Crust.
This cheesecake recipe is straight out of my father's beloved Fanny Farmer Cookbook. The whipped egg whites make for an airier cheesecake, and the chocolate wafer crust and sweet cherry topping, round it out perfectly.
CHERRY CHEESECAKE WITH A CHOCOLATE WAFER CRUST
Chocolate Wafer Crust Ingredients:
* 1 package (9 oz) Nabisco(r) Famous Chocolate Wafers
* 1/3 cup sugar plus 4 tablespoons
* 9 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
* 4 eggs, separated, at room temperature
* 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 pound (2 – 8 oz packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
* 1 can (21 oz) Comstock Original Country Cherry pie filling/topping
Step 1: Using a food processor (or a rolling pin), pulse chocolate wafers into small crumbs. Combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a bowl and mix. Pat crumbs into, and up the sides, of a spring form pan. Bake at 325 F for 6 minutes.
Step 2: Beat egg yolks with electric mixer until they are thick and pale. Add sour cream, flour, salt, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth.
Step 3: In a second bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy, gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating until the whites are stiff and shiny. (Note: I never managed to achieve stiff peaks. At best, I had lackluster soft peaks, but they wereshiny and smooth. Alas, I used them anyways, and the cheesecake was delish. But, if you want perfectly whipped egg whites, read Baking911's tips first.)
Step 4: Fold egg whites into the cream cheese mixture in a big bowl. Spoon the filling into the prepared crumb crust.
Step 6: When cheesecake has cooled, release sides of the spring form pan and slide the cheesecake onto a pretty plate. (If you are nervous, you can leave the bottom of the pan attached to the cheesecake – no one will really notice!)
Step 7: Top with cherry pie filling, and place in the refrigerator to chill thoroughly before serving.